OK. If you watch this video, you’re going to have some mental hurdles to cross. You’re going to have to cope with the fact that, yes, that guy with the Aretha Franklin voice belting it out like he grew up singing gospel in a Harlem church… yes, that guy DOES look like a 13-year-old who just beat you at Magic: The Gathering. And then, if you’ve never heard of this band before, you’re going to wonder why. Because Karl Wallinger and World Party recorded some of the best singles of the last three decades, and still, STILL, nobody knows. That might be why, when you watch the second video, which might be almost, impossibly, an even better song than the first, you’ll notice that Mr. Wallinger apparently switched hobbies from Dungeons and Dragons to alcohol. Where is this guy? How was he so awesome? Will he return to save us?
Apparently the pornography business isn’t as recession proof as they thought it was. Larry Flynt and Joe Francis even appealed to the government for taxpayer funded relief. With the pr0n onslaught from the Internet cannibalizing DVD sales, how will the “jizz biz” survive long term?
From the Los Angeles Times:
For Stern, 23, the rapid decline of job opportunities in the porn business over the last year has been dramatic. She has gone from working four or five days a week to one and now has employers pressuring her to do male-female sex scenes for $700, a 30% discount from the $1,000 fee that used to be the industry standard.
Less than two years ago, Stern earned close to $150,000 annually, sometimes turned down work and drove a Mercedes-Benz CLK 350. Now she’s aggressively reaching out for jobs and making closer to $50,000 a year.
As for that Mercedes? She’s replacing it with a used Chevy Trailblazer—from her parents.
“The opportunities in this industry really are disappearing,” Stern said. “It’s extremely stressful.”
Tough times in the porn industry by Ben Fritz
From an alarming article posted on Esquire’s website by John H. Richardson:
If a majority of our conservative population and that much of its elected leadership think that even some of this “birther” stuff is remotely possible, some very dark times may be heading to this country. Early this spring, I spent two very long days traveling around Kentucky with Orly Taitz, one of the leading “birthers” in a nation full of them. So I can tell you with confidence that this is much, much crazier than most people imagine ?
This volume features a broad selection of jazz record covers, from the 1940s through the decline of LP production in the early 1990s. Each cover is accompanied with a fact sheet listing performer and album name, art director, photographer, illustrator, year, label, and more.
But it’s not all psychedelic skulls and Cicely Tyson. The folks at Taschen fleshed the project out with contributors ranging from John Coltrane authority, Ashley Kahn, to famed Blue Note producer, Michael Cuscuna.
Taschen Books: Jazz Covers
Voluptuaries and Vivisections: A Celebration of Sex, Murder, and Anarchy curated by Thomas Negovan and Century Guild. A selection of rare 19th and 20th Century Symbolist work. Decadence, dandyism, sex, and murder: this work provides windows into the darkest corners of human compulsion. La Luz de Jesus invites you to be a part of an unprecedented show that explores the taboos that have titillated and tormented since the turn of the century. Masterpieces of lithographed poster art from 1880-1940 illustrating subjects ranging from seminal S&M literature to STD warnings to serial killers will be shown.
Opening night party, Friday August 14, 8-11 pm at La Luz de Jesus, 4633 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027
I recently surfed into some old Public Image videos and it all seemed obvious suddenly: Johnny Rotten was Elizabeth’s court jester. I mean, watch that video and tell me he wouldn’t have been a court jester 600 years ago, or wasn’t in the 70s and 80s.
That made sense to me. It says a lot about cultures, and how they don’t change?
Evidently, the fertile, painkiller-fried imagination of Rush Limbaugh has detected a connection between the swastika and President Obama’s symbol for health care reform. The results? Alarmist truth-stretching at its most amusing (and syntax-mangled)! The LA Times’ Christopher Knight sorts it all out, or tries to:
‘You will find that the Obama health care logo is damn close to a Nazi swastika logo,’ Limbaugh asserted to his listeners. ‘I’m going to show you people watching on the Dittocam this, and there Nazi symbol you are: The middle frame is the Obama health care logo. At the bottom is an official Nazi logo, eagle and everything, spread wings, or bird with spread wings.’
There’s just one hitch: Asserting a resemblance between the two logos is like saying Limbaugh resembles Gary Busey because both men have two eyes, a nose, a mouth and a drug addiction. Obama’s health care logo includes no eagle, Roman symbol of imperial authority, and it has no swastika, the bent-arm cross designed by Hitler himself as the emblem of National Socialism. Instead, the Obama design surmounts the red, white and blue landscape of his presidential campaign logo with a caduceus, the winged staff entwined with serpents that derived from the rod of Asclepius, son of Greek god Apollo. An ancient symbol of healing, the rod is often used as a medical logo. So the Obama design shows a medical symbol above the American landscape.
Severely ill and stroke-prone, Last of The Great Train Robbers Ronnnie Biggs was released by British officials into the free light of day last Friday. After the ‘63 robbery, which involved the mail car hijacking of what would be roughly $70 million in today’s dollars, Biggs and his cohorts were quickly rounded up. The money wasn’t—the bulk of it has never been recovered. And after scaling a 30-foot prison wall and skipping off to Rio, it looked like Biggs wouldn’t be, either. That is until 2001, when craving “a pint of bitter,” Biggs returned to England to resume his sentence.
Beyond his decades as a fugitive, though, what best cemented Biggs’ outlaw celebrity status back home was his cavorting with The Sex Pistols. Shortly after their final performance at Winterland, the Pistols flew down to Rio and recorded a couple of tracks with Biggs. Their “collaborative” results—No One Is Innocent and Belsen Was a Gas—surfaced in both the film and soundtrack for Julien Temple’s The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle, from which a vid of Innocent can be seen below.